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Our Mission Statement

As members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) community, our goal is to produce and provide rich and relevant resources that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion for students. This will build a foundation for best outcomes. Spearheaded by founder Lorraine Harris, our allies and advocates include school boards, school administrators, educators, parents, and community activists committed to supporting this vision.

Introduction

What Does Research Say about “My Place”?

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There’s an emerging body of research that suggests “values affirmation intervention and social belonging interventions have been shown to markedly improve academic performance and health of stigmatized racial groups.” This is summarized in a 2019 article by Williams, Lawrence, and Davis, published in the Harvard annual reviews. The research concludes that self-affirmation strategies can enhance an individual’s capacity to cope with stressful situations and lead to improved health behaviours. My Place in This World curriculum resources align with these current research findings. Our efforts will bring about positive life outcomes for all students,especially those from the BIPOC community.

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What are “My Place” Stakeholders Saying?

Our team believes that the best advocacy comes from the people who will benefit from using this curriculum. Here’s an opportunity to listen to what the key stakeholders are saying.

Marcia Smellie

Community Advocate

Tanya Solanki

Teacher WCDSB

Sharon Adie

Administrator

Barbara Guthrie

Teacher—Peel District School Board

Jennifer Colacrai

ESL Itinerant Teacher WCDSB

Mela Gebremichael

Student

Brenda Tibingana

Parent

Membership

Levels of Learning

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PRIMARY

(Grades 1-3)
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JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE

(Grades 4-8)
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HIGHS CHOOL


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PRIMARY

(Grades 1–3)

Students will

  • Identify Africa as a continent of many countries
  • Learn some important facts that contribute to it being a “majestic” place in this world
  • Explore what it means to be an African King or Queen before transatlantic slavery
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JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE

(Grades 4–8)

Students will

  • Identify the positive attributes of African experiences while debunking negative stereotypes
  • Explore the influence and contributions of African royalty before transatlantic slavery and up to the present
  • Make connections to their own experiences and current environment
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HIGH SCHOOL

Students will

  • Identify the positive attributes of African experiences while debunking negative stereotypes
  • Explore the influence and contributions of African royalty before transatlantic slavery and up to the present
  • Develop subject-specific curricular skills as they make connections to their lives, current events, and present-day Black leaders
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